Feathers Flights // Sewing Blog: Hi-lo Fair Isle Sweater

10.30.2013

Hi-lo Fair Isle Sweater

I have a crazy story for you today. It actually happened last winter and early Spring, but I'm just now getting around to blogging about it and wearing it again (I didn't wear it in the summer.)
Have you seen those fair isle leggings that you can buy for $7 from somewhere in China? Well, a little over a year ago I got some and was so excited because the total really was under $8. When I got them, I realized that they came in one-size-fits-all. I didn't think it would be a big deal, so I tried them on right when I got them. I realized their one-size-fits-all was more like one-size-fits-all-tiny-Asians. I could wear them, but they were so short they wouldn't go past my mid-calf. I am 5'10".
I was disappointed but thought they would work with boots and long socks. After wearing them a couple times, the shortness bothered me way too much. I cut them right above the knee and added some gray jersey for a cool knee patch look. Well, I still rarely wore them. 
I hadn't spent much on them, but I was determined to make them work. So, I cut the leg part into raglan sleeves (see the gray jersey knee patch is now on my shoulders!) and the rest I cut for the hoodie. Then I used some gray to cut a hi-lo bodice. I actually really love this shirt now after all the disappointments. It actually has some cute a-line flare which doesn't show with my little pregnant belly. I'm glad I cut it a-line so that I can wear it for awhile this Fall.
Heather

11 comments:

  1. what a happy accident - love the shirt!

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  2. It's a very creative way to use the leggings, I love that the patch stays now on the shoulder.

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  3. that is such a good idea. I just got some one size fits all leggings in the mail that didn't fit my 5.10 frame either.

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  4. This is super cute! Looks cozy.

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  5. I love this! it looks very cute and very cozy! I'm going to have to get my hands on some Fair Isle fabric

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  6. The coolest transformation. I am pretty tall too, no pants are ever long enough. :)

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  7. Cute! Love your belly too :)

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  8. Meant to be! Really cool, and it looks great as a maternity top, bonus!

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  9. Way to stick with it! I love the outcome!

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